By Gary Chartrand, Ping Zhang

Written through of the main sought after figures in the sphere of graph thought, this finished text provides a remarkably student-friendly procedure. aimed toward undergraduates taking a primary direction in graph thought, its sound but obtainable therapy emphasizes the historical past of graph idea and offers unique examples and lucid proofs. 2004 version.

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